Thursday, April 23, 2009


A Murdoch propagandist with the neocon comic ‘The Weekly Standard’, Stephen ‘Smokey’ Hayes, has ludicrously attempted to justify torture based on the age-old simplistic argument; that it works.

Apart from the fact that there is much evidence to suggest that torture actually very rarely works, there is also the small matter of it being completely illegal, not to mention immoral. Old Smokey reckons that there has been some “high-value information” resulting from torture but doesn’t say what that was saying that we should blame Obama for that because Dick Cheney “has asked for them to be declassified and made public” but, of course, according to Smokey, Obama is as likely to do that as Dick Cheney is likely to “take up synchronised swimming in his retirement”. One can bet that Dick Cheney made the suggestion about ‘declassifying them and making them public’ knowing full well that that was never going to happen.

It would be a good idea if the Obama administration did declassify this stuff and make it available to the public because the validity of such so-called “high-value information” can soon then be checked out.

But that’s missing the point; regardless of whether or not torture yields “high-value information”, it is just plain illegal and totally immoral by any standards. Smokey Hayes and his kind may want to take us back to the dark ages of history but most people on this planet would prefer to move forward rather than backwards.

Monday, April 20, 2009


White supremacist neo-nazi group ‘Stormfront’ hero Andrew Bolt, is now by inference arguing that Rudd had lured the latest batch of boat people to what proved ultimately to be the death of some of them because Rudd had scrapped John Howard’s blatantly racist Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) program. According to Bolt’s twisted logic, the scrapping of the TPVs was an open invitation to those wishing to seek refugee status in Australia should continue to do so.

Bolt, as well as others, thinks these people are ‘illegal immigrants’, but are they? Surely coming by boat as they do without visas seeking refugee status makes them, well… refugees. Illegal immigrants are those that have come to Australia with the intention of coming here to live but arrived here by pretending to be something they are not – like tourists. At least so-called ‘boatpeople’ have no pretensions about who they are. Of course, if they happen to be white Zimbabwean farmers tossed off theirs farms there’s no problem getting settled into Australia – even for those that arrive here on tourist visas – all they have to do is get in touch with the local Farmers Federation office on arrival and they’ll handle the rest. But if you arrive here as a very desperate and genuine refugee from Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever on a leaky boat then don’t expect any sympathy from the likes of leftover White Australia racist loonies like Andrew Bolt.

Freedom of speech is one thing but to abuse it in order to peddle Howardesque Nazi-like racist propaganda is something else. Even Murdoch should realise that this revolting and blatant racist brings nothing but disrepute to Australia in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Antony Loewenstein, a Jewish Australian writer and anti-Zionist, seems to be making headway in the anti-Zionist battle judging by the way Murdoch propagandist and extreme right-wing bloggie, Tim Blair, has made Loewenstein a target of his nonsensical ravings.

For some time now Blair has targeted Loewenstein and his writings in a somewhat pathetic and transparent attempt to demonise him.

Since Blair is well known as a right-wing foaming at the mouth extremist who supports liars and deceivers and is not averse to telling the odd porkie himself, it must be gratifying for Loewenstein to know that his message is getting through if Murdoch is happy to get someone like Tim Blair to attempt to demonise Loewenstein as often and as ludicrously as Blair does.

The level of intellectual argument offered by Blair is reflected in the comments made by the handful of Blair’s faithful but oh so predictable followers that bother.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Melbourne’s leading extreme right-wing racist anti-everything-that’s-not-white-and-right, Andrew Bolt, runs a blog in Murdoch’s ‘Herald Sun’ newspaper that showcases the propaganda techniques used by all of the extreme right-wing propagandists Murdoch employs.

As I write, it’s only 10.19am and already Bolt has put up eight blatantly propagandising blog pieces.

They cover everything from global warming; a dig at British barrister Geoffrey Robertson, advocate for a charter of rights; President Obama who Bolt feels will never be able to live up the standards set by Bolt’s hero George W. Bush; Australia’s CSIRO science research organisation which Bolt reckons is ideologically driven on account that it researches climate change and contributes to the science of alternative energy resources; the roll-out of the governments broadband system (it’s a Labor government initiative rather than a Liberal government initiative so therefore automatically comes in for a hammering); a promotion of air-conditioners saying they saved the lives of the elderly and, in so doing, has an underhanded dig at the long term notion of developing eco-friendly houses that don’t need air-conditioning which Bolt claims is a ‘green jihad’ thing. This particular piece of propaganda is almost clever – if it weren’t so blatantly transparent. The phrase ‘green jihad’ lumps together two of his pet hates, the Greens and Islam, in an attempt to demonise Greens in the same way as he attempts as an Islamophobe to demonise Muslims.

Bolt also has a go at last years ‘2020 Summit’ organised by Kevin Rudd and, the latest one before finishing this article, a dig at the unions.

They’re all worth a look at if, for no other reason, that one gains an insight into how Murdoch’s Propagandists operate.

One wonders what sort of world there would be if there was no Rupert Murdoch to support these hate-everything-mongers.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Well known propagandist Greg Sheridan writing for Murdoch’s ‘The Australian’ newspaper has said that the North Koreans “…have demonstrated to the world that they can produce a successful, long-range, weapons-bearing missile, which could strike the US, or Australia for that matter, with a nuclear payload”.

In reality the North Koreans have done nothing more than successfully launch a satellite just as they said they were going to do. And why shouldn’t they? Scores of nations have done the same thing over the years yet we’ve heard nothing from the right-wing merchants of hate about them – unless, of course it happens to be Iran or some other nation that the US and their allies are trying to demonise.

One has to wonder what it is that the West is worried about with North Korea. Yes, it is a country that is run for the benefit of its elitist leaders but then so is the US and many other countries in the West. The ordinary peoples of North Korea are no more or less hard done by than the ordinary peoples of any other country – especially in this day and age, but for some reason ‘communist’ countries (as if North Korea is actually a ‘communist’ country; it’s just another form of fascism just like Stalin’s Russia) need still to be demonised by those other fascist countries that still call themselves ‘democracies’. They’re all cast in the same mould; they just pop out with different labels on them and start fighting each other to see who can enrich themselves the most.

The world has nothing to worry about from North Korea. However, the nation that the world should be really worried about at the moment is Israel and its ability to launch nuclear weapons. And the US who actually have a history of having used their nuclear weapons.

Sheridan also waffles on about North Korea’s ‘defiance’ of UN resolutions. In doing so he displays his hypocrisy. He is always quick to criticise Iran and North Korea for ignoring UN resolutions, (all resolutions incidentally that have been introduced by the US or its Western allies), but I don’t recall ever hearing or reading about Sheridan or his ilk criticising Israel for the 60-odd UN resolutions they have ignored.

I don’t go along with the way North Korea’s leaders run things in their country and I would prefer to see a world that has no nuclear weapons at all. But I go along even less with nations like the US and their allies who run things little differently from places like North Korea (many Americans are just as badly off as many North Koreans) and who actually do have nuclear weapons and go around threatening peoples that don’t agree with the way the US do things.

Sheridan and his fellow neocons should pull their heads from the sand and face the reality of a world that has woken up their propaganda nonsense.


Andrew Bolt of Melbourne’s ‘Herald Sun’ couldn’t resist having a dig at Rudd’s RAAF in-flight meal hissy. Of course Rudd was out of order carrying on like that but Bolt sees it simply as yet another opportunity to feed to the dumb and gullible more of his propagandising nonsense. He writes: ‘Labor now unsure workers deserve fairness’.

One wonders if Bolt knows about the disgusting workplace antics of his fellow propagandist and Islamophobe, Piers Akerman which, if I recall, pales Rudd's behaviour into insignificance.

The hypocrisy of the Murdoch press knows no bounds.